Emerald Island Resort to Disney Theme Parks

All of our villas are located in Emerald Island Resort in Kissimmee which is one of the prestigious resorts in the Orlando area and is located only three miles from Disney World, Orlando in Florida. Our guests enjoy free access to all of the resort's numerous amenities and are situated conveniently from all of the attractions Florida has to offer.

Directions and Transportation

Own Transportation

If you are planning to stay at Emerald Island Resort for your next Disney vacation, we encourage you to rent a car while on Disney vacation. As a convenience to our guests, we are providing the following directions to all Orlando area tourist attractions and Disney theme parks. You can also download these directions.

Note: The directions below avoid Hwy 192 which gets backed-up for miles during park entry and return hours.

Walt Disney World

  1. Turn right leaving Emerald Island Resort onto at Funie Steed Rd/Oak Island Rd - 0.5 mi
  2. Turn left on to Formosa Gardens Blvd - 0.9 mi
  3. Turn right on to 192 (east) and stay in the left lane.
  4. Turn left on to Sherberth Rd - 1.4 mi
    • If you are going to Animal Kingdom, turn left at Osceola Pkwy - 0.4 mi
    • For all other parks, turn right at Osceola Pkwy and follow signs of your chosen park

Sea World/Discovery Cove

1-4. Same as above

  1. Turn right at Osceola Pkwy 3.8 Miles
  2. Merge on I-4 East via the ramp on the left to Orlando 5.5 mi
  3. Take exit 71 toward Sea World 0.5 mi
  4. Merge onto Central Florida Pkwy 0.7 mi
  5. Follow the signs to Sea World or Discovery Cove

Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure

1-4. Same as above

  1. Turn right at Osceola Pkwy 3.8 Miles
  2. Merge on I-4 East via the ramp on the left to Orlando 10 mi
  3. Take exit 74A for Sand Lake Rd/SR-482 toward International Dr 0.3 mi
  4. Turn left at W Sand Lake Rd/SR-482 W - Continue to follow W Sand Lake Rd 0.3 mi
  5. Turn right at CR-439 N/Turkey Lake Rd 2.0 mi

Kennedy Space Center

1-4. Same as above

  1. Turn right at Osceola Pkwy 3.8 Miles
  2. Merge on I-4 East via the ramp on the left to Orlando 5.5 mi
  3. Take exit 72, 528 TOLL E. toward Intl Airport/Cape Canaveral
  4. Merge onto 528 East (also called the "Bee Line Expwy.").
  5. Take the SR-407 exit on the left toward NASA Kennedy Space Center/I-95 N/Titusville.
  6. Merge onto Challenger Memorial Pkwy./407 N. for approximately six (6) miles.
  7. Turn right onto Columbia Blvd./FL-405 E. 8.4 miles
  8. Follow the signs to Kennedy Space Center.

Returning to Emerald Island Resort

  1. Follow the signs to Disney's Animal Kingdom initially.
  2. Once you are close to Animal Kingdom, follow the signs to Animal Kingdom Lodge.
  3. After passing the exit for Animal Kingdom stay in left lane.
  4. Turn left on to Sherberth Rd
  5. Turn right on to 192 - Stay in the left lane
  6. Left on Formosa Gardens Blvd (Taco Bell at the corner)
  7. Right on to Funie Steed Road/ Oak Island Rd
  8. Left in to Emerald Island Resort.

Transportation for Hire

Maingate Transportation provides daily shuttle service serving Emerald Island Resort with 2 morning pick-ups and 2 evening return runs that are at scheduled times. These runs are shared with other guests from the resort. Pricing per round trip for this service is as follows:

  • Disney World $13 per person
  • Universal Studios $16 per person
  • Sea World/Universal/Aquatica $14 person
  • Orlando Premium Outlets $13 per person

If you have 6 or more people, it makes sense to hire a private van from vendors such as Maingate Transportation. This can be arranged any time of day for morning pick-up and evening return as you don't share this service with other guests.

They also provide service to and from the airport. They will have the driver waiting with a sign showing the guest's name and he will help with their luggage, etc. They charge $80 for 4 people and $6 per person after that for airport pick-up or drop-off with discounts for scheduling both pick-up and drop-off.

Please contact Maingate Transportation at 407-870-5553 to get more information and to arrange transportation. Please note that we are not associated with them in anyway.

Another shuttle company that provides service from Emerald Island Resort to EPCOT/Animal Kingdom is Cool Transportation. They can be reached at 407-432-1990. Please note that we are not associated with them in anyway.